Australasia

A more humane Australian foreign policy

Australia is committed to a better world,” said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in announcing Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council last year. The bid was originally launched by the Labor government and is for a two year term commencing in 2018. In announcing support for the bid, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stressed Australia’s record of support for human rights, and spoke of five pillars underlying the bid: “freedoms of expression and of religion; good ... Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future

The French Australian Preschool is calling on the community to help raise a $1 million shortfall needed to safeguard its future. The privately run preschool and its vast outdoor play area hold 40 years of fond memories for thousands of graduates and 128 current students… Source: French Australian Preschool’s plea to safeguard its future Read More »

Sam Neill slams Australia’s offshore ‘concentration camps’

Sam Neill talks wine, politics and Wilderpeople over some fine sashimi with Karl Quinn… Source: Sam Neill slams Australia’s offshore ‘concentration camps’ Read More »

Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations

A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the Stolen Generations recommends the state set up a compensation scheme for survivors.. The Upper House committee reviewed the landmark 1997 report Bringing Them Home, which made 50 recommendations including the national apology delivered by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008… Source: Stolen Generation compensation, scholarship scheme among NSW Parliament recommendations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates

Australia will formally back India to join the club of nuclear suppliers at a summit in Seoul on Friday, a move that will finally lay to rest a bitter stoush over selling uranium to the nuclear armed giant. But China has signalled it could veto the bid because India has refused to sign the international treaty to stop the spread of atomic weapons… Source: Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates Read More »

We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes

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Australian politicians are studiously ignoring the reality that the PNG Supreme Court’s 26 April ruling that the detention of asylum seekers in Manus was illegal and unconstitutional will force a change to the offshore processing policy and remove a key plank of Australia’s deterrence strategy in managing irregular migration… Source: We need to talk about Manus before Australia votes Read More »

Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island

Famous throughout the camp and the island, Mehdi’s dramatic skills have provided solace to the men imprisoned in Australia’s detention centre. On the night locals attacked the compound, his reputation may also have saved his life. Behrouz Boochani, a journalist detained on Manus, reports. I had not met him yet. I had only heard… Source: Mehdi Savari: Actor, Prisoner, And Improbable Star Of Manus Island – New Matilda Read More »

‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate

Ida Hanley knows she can help Canberra’s Indigenous inmates heal.. Her family, themselves ripped apart by the stolen generations, understand all too well the enduring pain and hurt that follow many Indigenous Australians into jail… Source: ‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate Read More »

Explainer: what is Australia’s ‘points system’ for immigration?

The issue of migration is at the forefront of the Brexit debate. The “Leave” camp is arguing the United Kingdom should embrace tighter migration controls. If it wins, Leave would strip European Union citizens of the automatic right to live and work in the UK in favour of an Australian-style “points-test system” for skilled workers. It argues such a system would limit migration and benefit the UK economy… Source: Explainer: what is Australia’s ‘points system’ for immigration? Read More »

Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote

Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. Voting rights should extend to all community members because they are members of the community.. By Heath Pickering Millions of foreign-born legal permanent residents living in Australia can’t vote. This is despite living, working, paying taxes and using public services like schools and Medicare… Source: Comment: Australia should give permanent residents the vote | SBS News Read More »

Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely

The Human Headline’s march towards a Victorian Senate seat should concern progressives everywhere, writes David Heslin. Of all the minor party candidates competing in this year’s federal election, none seem to have enjoyed quite as much good fortune as Derryn Hinch. Not only has his Justice Party received high preferences from both major… Source: Don’t Elect Dangerous Derryn Hinch: The Case For Treating Criminals Humanely – New Matilda Read More »

Asylum seekers: Dangerous voyage a test of decency

The fate of a small boat stranded in Indonesia with 44 Sri Lankans on board looms as a test of human decency, for Australia as much as Indonesian authorities. The vessel has been marooned almost a fortnight on the beach in Aceh Besar near the western port of Lhoknga, apparently after a perilous open ocean voyage from southern India. It is far from clear whether the men, women and children on board are seeking asylum from persecution, or – as ... Read More »

Australian psychologist gives account of life inside Manus Island and Nauru detention centres

An Australian psychologist who has worked at offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru gives an account of life inside the facilities.. Psychologist and traumatologist Paul Stevenson has treated field trauma for 25 years — including in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami — and visited the Manus Island and Nauru offshore detention centres on 16 occasions, for two to three weeks at a time, between 2014 and 2015… Source: Australian psychologist gives account ... Read More »

The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention regime

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Exclusive: In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus.. In my entire career of 43 years I have never seen more atrocity than I have seen in the incarcerated situations of Manus Island and Nauru.”… Source: The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention ... Read More »

Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back

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A pregnant woman and nine children are among the 44 on the boat, which has been drifting off the coast of Lhoknga.. A group of Sri Lankans who were reportedly trying to reach Australia when their boat became stranded off Indonesia during bad weather are set to be “escorted” back towards India, officials say…. Source: Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back | World news | The Guardian Read More »